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Becoming Relevant: How Can Research Impact Policy and Practice?

Cult of the Irrelevant by Michael Desch

In his most recent book Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security (Princeton University Press, 2019), Faculty Fellow Michael Desch argues that social scientists have lost influence with policymakers as academia increasingly prioritizes rigor over relevance, to the detriment of both society and the disciplines.

Desch will give a brief overview of the main arguments in his book, followed by a dialogue moderated by Kellogg Institute Director Paolo Carozza aimed at engaging seminar participants, including PIs from the new Kellogg Policy and Practice Research Labs. With an eye toward integrating best practices moving forward within the Keough School and the broader university, this discussion is open to all faculty and graduate students.

Complimentary copies of the book are no longer available, but participants are encouraged to prepare for the conversation by reading chapters 1, 8, and 9 if possible. A recent article Desch wrote for the Social Science Research Council also provides helpful insights into his perspective.

A light breakfast will be provided.
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Cosponsored with the Keough School of Global Affairs.


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